Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is heading a 11-member delegation, comprising one member each from political parties in the state, to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the issue of a caste-based census.
The delegation includes leader of the opposition Tejashwi Yadav, HAM President and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and state minister Janak Ram.
Ahead of the meeting in the national capital, Yadav said that resolutions have been passed twice in the Bihar Assembly demanding caste census in the state. “With such a census we can get data that can help in preparing relevant benefit schemes for people from different sections of society,” he said.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Sushil Modi on Sunday said that his party was not adverse to such an exercise. The comment came in contrast to the party’s tough stand on the issue after the government told the Parliament that it has decided not to carry out a caste-based census as a matter of policy.